Alumni Profile: Chase Livingston
Driven by an innate desire to give back to his community, Terrace Heights’ own Dr. Chase Livingston turned a passion for science into a successful Family Medicine practice just miles from his childhood home.
As a child, Dr. Chase Livingston found himself drawn to the natural world. His elementary school science classes fascinated him, and the more he learned, the more he wanted to know. Eventually, his drive to discover led him about 200 miles from his home of Yakima, WA to Washington State University to study bioengineering.
Delving into the complex intersection of biology and engineering, Dr. Livingston’s curiosity was satiated, but he still found himself longing for one thing at the end of long days in the classroom: direct human connection. When he returned home to Yakima for summer break he took a job in a local oncology office, headed by Dr. Albert Brady, he found his calling.
“Quickly I realized that my familiarity with a community radically shaped my perspective,” he explained. “The patients — some people I grew up around — weren’t just visitors with whatever diagnosis they were labeled with: they were humans with a life full of factors that played a role in their health. Working with Dr. Brady, I made the decision to go into medicine.”
As he began searching for a medical school to continue his pursuit, Dr. Livingston quickly realized that he didn’t have to look far to find a program that offered the type of patient-first healthcare approach he was after. A new medical school had recently been erected in Terrace Heights, just a short walk from the neighborhoods that inspired his enthusiasm for primary care and the neighborly-connection that comes with the practice. He applied and was accepted into the osteopathic medical program at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and, soon, his love of science and patient care began to merge. Today, he is putting those passions to practice as a Primary Care physician at Astria Health Center in Zillah, WA.
“PNWU does such a great job of stressing the core tenants of osteopathy: mind, body and spirit,” explained Dr. Livingston. “Having been raised in this community around many of the people I am now lucky enough to call my patients, it’s impossible to look at the people who come into my clinic as just patients with COPD, or hypertension, or whatever other diagnosis they’re labeled with: they’re people, and they come to me with all of the factors that fit into that.”
“To be able to go to medical school about a mile from where I went to elementary school, along with the chance to do my third- and fourth-year rotations in the clinics that I grew up going to — around the people I grew up with — is pretty special. The community cares about physicians who care about the area. Having a school that is dedicated to primary care and bring doctors to the Northwest is huge for this area. Thanks to PNWU, I was able to return home as a doctor, where I’m going to raise a family, grow a practice, build a rapport with my patients, and have an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of my neighbors and, in turn, the community itself, for years to come.”